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To answer our four research questions (right table) we will gather data from five countries: Austria, Estonia, Ireland, Norway and Spain. Based on the findings from the five-country study, the next step is to follow up on key findings in a larger sample of individuals and systems. Read more about our research design here.

Multilevel data sources

  • Decision-makers
  • Regulations
  • Court judgements
  • Citizens

Multiple research methods

  • Interviews
  • Observation
  • Text analysis
  • Survey vignettes
  • Survey experiments

Country system comparisons*

  • Austria
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Spain

*Our research is currently focused on the above mentioned countries. We aim to expand our research into 20-30 key OECD countries.

Research Questions

  1. Map variation of discretion within and between systems
  2. Map variation of justification in best interest decisions within and between systems
  3. Understand and explain differences in discretion
  4. Understand and explain differences in views on best interest and child protection interventions